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85253 is the wealthiest zip code in Arizona: Paradise Valley. The town has only about 15,000 residents. It has very expensive real estate, with a median home price of $1.74 million, with many exceeding $10 million and some over $40 million.

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On my 12 mile drive to and from work, I am in 3 cities: Phoenix, where I live, Scottsdale, where I work, and Paradise Valley, in between, on the particular route I take. Conspicuous consumption is not my favorite thing but, regardless, the town is quite lovely, and home to many well-known entertainers, politicians, athletes, and business people. I get to share their air as I drive alongside their Mercedes Benzes, Beamers (actually Bimmers, I just discovered), and Lexi. With several resorts, it is also a vacation destination.

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These sculptures are at the Town of Paradise Valley Municipal Complex and kept catching my eye as I drove by. I’m fairly certain the artist is Jeff Zischke, although I couldn’t read anything on the small, rusted sign next to the above sculpture. I think there may be 4 of these there although I only saw two.

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I love all the cut-outs, representing desert life, I guess, and seeing the actual landscape through them. This post from 2 months ago was also about Paradise Valley and one of its famous former residents.

Easter in the Desert

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I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams… 
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Hi! I'm a desert-dwelling ground squirrel.
Hi! I’m a desert-dwelling ground squirrel.

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Happy Easter!

Quickening of the Heart

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He’d always had a quickening of the heart when he crossed into Arizona and beheld the cactus country. This was as the desert should be, this was the desert of the picture books, with the land unrolled to the farthest distant horizon hills, with saguaro standing sentinel in their strange chessboard pattern, towering supinely above the fans of ocotillo and brushy mesquite. 
~ Dorothy B. Hughes, The Expendable Man

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Everything that ever happened to me that was important happened in the desert. 
~ Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

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A Little Oasis

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It was the first sunny day after several uncharacteristically gloomy Arizona days so I made a stop on my way home from work. Everything was clean and fresh from the rain and this little oasis glowed golden in the setting sun.

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This is a park in honor of a famous Arizona photographer…with many more claims to fame…

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In Paradise Valley, AZ…his former home overlooks this memorial…sculpture by Joe Beeler.